2008 Hyundai Tucson SE 4WD – Test drive and new SUV review – 2008 Hyundai Tucson SE 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle

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Hyundai Tucson

A nice crossover, and single

As rushes toward respectability and there’s still plenty of to explore at the bottom of their The plucky Accent. the feisty the capable Tucson. The 2008 Tucson is the smallest SUV in the Hyundai and one of the most appealing.

The 2008 Tucson SE 4WD carries a base of $22,735 ($23,650 as tested), a 5 mile basic warranty, a 10 mile powertrain warranty and an EPA of 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway. Let’s

First Glance

Larger Photos: Front Rear

introduced the Tucson as a 2005 and has pretty much left it since then. In the interim, relaunched the Santa Fe and brought out the both larger and more crossovers. Tucson bears a resemblance to Hyundai’s other crossovers — what is it those names, anyway? especially to Santa Fe.

That’s not a bad thing.

Tucson can be described as cute. It has a slightly nose. a short hood and a stance. It reminds me of a Boston a cute little dog that has no how small it is.

Tucson takes all of the Fe styling cues and compresses into a smaller package.

comes quipped with 16 double-spoke alloy wheels. fill the big wheel arches I could do without the bodyside which is a little clunky-looking on an sleek exterior.

Exterior fit and is very good, with gaps and seams, and nicely paint. My one gripe with design is with its tailgate. I appreciate the flip-up glass its shape and size make the difficult to navigate with bags — and isn’t why you want a flip-up rear in the first place?


In the Driver’s Seat

Clean and neat dash

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Hyundai has built its for value by including a long of standard features on its vehicles, and the price down at the same Tucson benefits from approach. At the base price, you get an stereo, power windows, door locks, air conditioning, control, keyless entry and a lot more.

Don’t look for luxury appointment or options, leather heated seats or a navigation system, because you find them. What you find is a pleasant cabin cloth seats on the GLS and SE models, on the Limited, a nicely arrayed with a very friendly panel. and an acceptable level of

Tucson’s driving position is upright. The tilt-adjustable steering could use a telescopic adjustment, but I had an time finding a good position nonetheless.

My front seat passengers quite impressed with the and the expansiveness of their view out the window.

Tucson’s second row is story. I’m about tall, and with the driver’s adjusted for my comfort, even a … had difficulty sitting in the row behind me. I was able to cram in the back seat for a test as I had adequate head and shoulder but it was difficult to find a good position for the front and second row leg

Make sure that you your size and your passengers’ sizes into and check Tucson for fit before

On the Road

My test Tucson with a 2.7 liter V6 packed in the hood. The engine sent to all four wheels via a four-speed transmission (the only choice), cranking out 173 hp and 178 lb-ft of There’s also a four-cylinder available in the base model GLS is good for 140 hp and 136 lb-ft of torque.

At 3,548 lbs, the SE 4WD is no lightweight, is probably why it doesn’t excel in or in efficiency.

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Tucson’s handling is to complain about, but nothing to home about either. has made all the right moves setting up Tucson with independent suspension, power rack-and-pinion steering and stabilizer front and rear. Somehow it all feel connected, giving a floaty driving experience doesn’t inspire confidence on the

Fourth gear is an overdrive, so kicks down into frequently under load, when you’re going up a incline. It’s hard to Tucson assertively and smoothly at the time without feeling you’re thrashing the poor

Hyundai makes a big deal their safety systems, and for reason. Tucson has a ton of standard features right out of the box, four-wheel anti-lock disc with electronic brake distribution, electronic stability with traction control, six five star safety in front and side crashes and a star rating for rollover.

Journey’s End

Flip-up glass is a feature, if oddly shaped.

#169; Hyundai Motor

My friend Ellen used to set me up on a lot of dates. They never out, even though her were without exception charming and intelligent. They had all the parts, but the chemistry never

Tucson reminds me of many a date. It has all the right parts, but it worked for me. Perhaps it was the static that built up from out of those premium cloth Perhaps it was the lack of road through the steering wheel.

it was, I just didn’t in love with Tucson.

are several other small I would look at before for Tucson. I love the Honda and the Toyota RAV4. and I measure the against them. The Nissan is also quite good, and can be a lot of fun to Don’t overlook the Suzuki Vitara. the Kia Sportage and the Mitsubishi

For a few thousand dollars more, slightly larger cousin, Fe. offers a lot of value for the money.

be afraid to take Tucson out for a Keep an open mind, and see if the works for you. Like my Ellen used to say, could it hurt?

The worst could happen is you figure out you really want. The best could happen is you might in love.

At least Tucson regular, not like Ellen’s who all insisted on premium.

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